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ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4080 Super 16GB OC Edition review: The best-looking RTX 4080 super card

By Aaron Yip - 25 Mar 2024

The best-looking Geforce RTX 4080 super card

The new ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4080 Super retains the same aesthetic as the Strix GeForce RTX 4080 that it's replacing.

Right on the heels of our recent Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 4080 Super Master 16G review is none other than ASUS' very own ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4080 Super 16GB OC Edition. Based on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Super GPU, both cards are easily two of the most beautiful-looking RTX 4080 Super cards available right now.

Without a doubt, ROG makes some of the most impressive-looking graphics cards around.

Much like its predecessor, the Strix GeForce RTX 4080, the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4080 Super is one beastly-looking graphics card. In fact, you will be hard-pressed to find any difference between both cards in terms of looks and designs – both Strix 4080 and 4080 Super cards are literally one and the same on the surface. That means the ASUS card, like the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 4080 Super is massive, and at 357mm long, will require PC casings with a longer depth to accommodate it.

And just like the card its replacing, the Strix RTX 4080 Super features rounded corners, red and purple detailing, and a striking cap at the end of the card that is illuminated by RGB lighting. There’s also a backlit Republic of Gamers text line on the side. It’s all very nice.

There's also a dual BIOS switch on the card's edge allows you to quickly switch between performance and quiet speed profiles without having to enter the software. Unlike Gigabyte upgrading the Aorus RTX 4080 Super with a stronger PCB board, so as to better protect the card from flex stress, ASUS is confident enough with the existing Strix RTX 4080 design that it the only change is really just the GPU. Although it still comes bundled with a graphics card holder to prevent it from sagging. 

ASUS has retained the power-sensing indicator, which is a nifty hardware feature that also lets you know if something is up with your PSU. Featuring a high-speed circuit that monitors input power from your PSU, it will let you know if there are voltage regulation issues or cable connection problems.

While the current-gen RTX 40-series of cards still uses HDMI 2.1a and DisplayPort 1.4a outputs, there's a very good chance NVIDIA's next-gen cards will feature the latest version.

The Strix RTX 4080 includes two HDMI 2.1 and three DisplayPort 1.4 display connectors, but you can only output to four displays at any one time. Unsurprisingly, it also uses the NVIDIA-mandated 16-pin power connector although it comes with the new and improved 12VHPWE cable.

So, how did the ROG card performed in our benchmarks? Read on.

Performance benchmarks

For this review, I'll be comparing the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4080 Super with our reference card – the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Super. I'm also going to be comparing it with the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 4080 Super. Here's a quick glance at our test rig:

GeForce
Graphics Card
RTX 4080 Super FE Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 4080 Super Master 16G ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4080 Super 16GB OC Edition
GPU Ade Lovelace (AD103) Ade Lovelace (AD103) Ade Lovelace (AD103)

Process

5nm (TSMC)

5nm (TSMC)

5nm (TSMC)

GPU base / Boost clocks (MHz) 2295 / 2550 2295 / 2625 2295 / 2640
Memory 16GB GDDR6X 16GB GDDR6X 16GB GDDR6X
Interface PCIe 4.0
TDP 320W 320W 320W
Price (at launch) US$999 S$1,889 (source) $2,109 (source)

As we can see from the  table above, the only notable differences between the two AIB cards are their boost clocks, where the ROG card is a hair more powerful with a quicker Boost clock by 15MHz. It is also more expensive than the Gigabyte card by $220 via retailer Vii PC (where both cards are available at).

With the GeForce RTX 4080 Super, it is highly recommended to go with a good PSU that supports 1000W - at least.

The latest PSUs such as the ROG Strix 1000W PSU also comes with an integrated 12VHPWE cable.

It's also worth mentioning here that the current generation of RTX 40-series cards are power-hungry monsters. When you pair the top-end cards such as the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4080 Super or GeForce RTX 4090 with an equally power demanding CPU such as the Intel Core i9-14900K (read our review here), you're going to need a PSU with a power rating of 1000W, at least. The ROG Strix 1000W PSU seen in the photo above is a good example.

Gaming performance (1440p & 4K)

1440p Benchmarks.

In real-world games at 1440p, the ROG Strix edges out the Founders Edition card, which is not surprising. But what's interesting is that the card consistently falls behind the Gigabyte Aorus card in all of the games benchmarks. While the differences in frame rates for these games are marginal, and within the margin of error, it is with Returnal where we see the ROG Strix being beaten quite resoundingly by the Gigabyte Aorus with a gap of more than 10fps.  

The ROG Strix fared better at 4K resolution, outperforming the Gigabyte Aorus in some games but still fell behind with others although the gaps are really tight as we can see in the chart above. I'd thought that with a faster Boost Clock, the ROG Strix would be the faster card here but the results have shown otherwise.

Cooling performance is the real differentiator when comparing custom cards from AIB partners. With a higher boost clock right out of the box, it’s no surprise that these cards’ GPU chips draw more power than NVIDIA's reference Founders Edition card. It's also no surprise to see the GPU chip on the ROG Strix, with a higher boost clock, drawing the most power out of the three cards.

Curiously, the Gigabyte Aorus, even with its LCD screen and more RGB lights, draws just a tiny tad lesser power than the ROG Strix. My assumption here is that the fans on the ROG Strix are probably drawing more power to cool the card, and that could also explains how it is running the coolest out of the three cards here.

Conclusion

With a price tag of S$2,109, the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4080 Super is one of the more expensive RTX 4080 Super cards in the market. It is worth noting that the launch price is cheaper than the non-Super ROG GeForce Strix 4080 Super, which debuted much earlier at S$2,639.

Like the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 4080 Super, the RTX 4080 Super cards are now great options if you're looking to upgrade your older GPUs but do not want to or have the budget to splash out on the RTX 4090. On its own, I think the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4080 Super is fast and still the best-looking RTX 4080 Super card. More so, if you're already in the ROG ecosystem of components, it's easy to recommend it.

But when comparing head-to-head with the Gigabyte Aorus card in terms of performance, the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4080 Super, with its higher price tag and somewhat "slower" framerates in 1440p and 4K resolutions, makes it a little harder to recommend over the Gigabyte Aorus card when we take performance-to-value into consideration. Granted, these differences are very marginal, but in a comparison, fine margins count.

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8.0
  • Performance 8
  • Features 8.5
  • Value 8
The Good
Solid build
One of the best-looking RTX 4080 Super card
Comes with a height-adjustable graphics card holder
Great RGB lighting
The Bad
Not the best performing RTX 4080 Super card
Pricey compared to better-performing competing cards
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